Thanks to today’s technology, patients now have more options than ever when it comes to types of braces. While standard metal braces are still widely used, clear braces are becoming increasingly popular along with removable appliances that can be used for mild cases of misaligned teeth.
Metal braces are the most common type. They are made of high-grade stainless steel. Today’s metal braces are smaller, more comfortable and more attractive.
Ceramic braces are made of translucent (clear) material. They are most popular with adult patients, due to their cosmetic appeal. The only drawback to ceramic brackets is that they are more fragile, and the elastic ties can discolor between orthodontic visits.
Invisalign® is a series of clear, plastic aligners that straighten your teeth without the usual noticeable, bulky materials involved with traditional braces. No one will know you’re improving your smile unless you tell them!
Empower® is a series of self-ligating braces from American Orthodontics. Self-ligating braces utilize lighter wires and lower friction brackets to move teeth, resulting in faster treatment times and greater overall comfort. In addition to greater comfort, self-ligating braces make it easier to maintain good hygiene because they are easier to keep clean. Empower® Brackets are available in both metal and clear ceramic material.
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Meet Our Orthodontists
Dr. David O. Mansour, DMD
Dr. David Mansour was raised in Orlando, Florida, where he attended Bishop Moore High School. After high school, he attended University of Florida for his undergraduate studies, where he received his degree in Microbiology and Cell Science. He later received his dental degree from the University of Florida, where he graduated near the top of his class with several honors, including being named a Florida Dental Health Foundation scholar, and was inducted into Omicron Kappa Upsilon, an exclusive national dental honor society. Dr. Mansour developed a passion for the field of orthodontics while in dental school and went on to complete three years of specialty training in orthodontics at the University of Florida. Dr Mansour enjoys spending his time with his wife, Dr. Kelly Mansour (a pediatric dentist), playing golf, basketball, and watching Gator football!
Dr. Craig Lewis, DDS
Dr. Lewis has been in practice since 1977 in Kissimmee, Florida. He received his undergraduate degree at the University of Florida and then went on to the University of Maryland School of Dentistry for his dental degree. His specialty training, which required an additional two years of postgraduate studies in the field of orthodontics, was also at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry. His favorite hobbies are golf, fishing, Gator football, and spending time with his wife, two children, and grandchildren.